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Con-soul Searching: What’s Old Is Stacking Up Behind Me

I give up.  I’m never going to catch up with the list of games I want to play.  It’s never going to happen.  Not if they keep making more awesome games.  That doesn’t mean I want them to stop by the way.  Assassin’s Creed 3 was just announced and I still haven’t played Assassin’s Creed 2 yet.  Not Revelations, not Brotherhood, but Assassin’s Creed 2; the one after the first one.  I’m three games behind!  And yet I am only one number behind… how’s that work?

Most people refer to their backlog of games as a “pile of shame” but I can’t even say that since I don’t even own most of the games I want to play.  On one hand it’s better that I haven’t bought a bunch of game and never played them but one the other hand I am not supporting the games I like.  What’s a guy to do?  If only I didn’t have to pay for silly things like food, a house and electricity.  I guess I will have to call it my “list of shame.”

Just a few of the games on my list are Uncharted 3… and Uncharted 2 (sigh), Donkey Kong Country Returns, Dead Rising 2 (plus Off The Record and Case West) and Mario Galaxy 2.  I consider those recent games but as you can see, most are over a year old at this point.  Now you may be asking where I have been for the last few years too miss all these games.  There is an easy answer to that.  I don’t care what anybody else says, the economy is still in the dumper and I have been (like many) struggling to get by.  When money is tight, cuts have to be made and video games are the first to go.

As if I don’t have a list long enough, I have had the urge to play some old SNES JRPGs; namely EarthBound and Chrono Trigger.  I never had a Super during its golden age and what time I did have was spent playing Donkey Kong Country, Mortal Kombat II and Killer Instinct.  I kind of feel like I missed the JRPG boat back then.  Until I dove into Persona 3 and 4, my JPRG resume was composed of watching friends play FF VII and Tactics.  That’s two generations after things really started rolling.  The weird thing I find is how hard it is to go back and play old games.  It’s not a problem of retired game mechanics or dated graphics, it’s just finding the time.  I try to keep up on the current games coming out but it’s hard to do that while dropping 30 hours into a JRPG from the 90s.

Let’s go back even further.  Kid Icarus: Uprising comes out if a few days.  Now I don’t have a 3DS yet which oddly is kind of a good thing.  I want to go back and play the first two Kid Icarus games again before I play Uprising.  I haven’t beat the NES game since I was six (not from lack of trying mind you) and I have never beat the Game Boy one.  Weird considering Pit is one of my favorite characters.  But that’s why I want to really play those games again.  I want to see if I actually enjoy them or if my love for the characters and franchise are based on nostalgia.

I’m going to add another layer to my list.  I have been working my way backwards through the Persona series and I am currently on P2I with two more to go after that.  Also, I am sick of being the only person in the world that has never played a Zelda game to completion so I would like to get a few of those under my belt; preferably the whole series.  I must be crazy right?  That’s like 800 hours of play time!  I don’t have time for that.  That’s the equivalent of working a part-time job for a year.

Gads!  I just remembered I haven’t played Arkham City or Arkham Asylum.  What am I doing with my life?  I don’t have enough money, I don’t have enough time and I don’t have… uhh… a pony.  I really do love video games but sometimes I wonder if I like owning them more than I do playing them.  I will admit, I own several games I have never played.  If I just started playing through the games I own now, I wonder how long I could go before I finished them all.  Probably years.  So why do I feel this constant need to be playing the latest releases?  Am I a slave to the marketing machine?  I don’t think so as I don’t watch TV and I do a pretty good job of cutting myself off from the outside world.  Perhaps it’s an American mentality to always want the newest and latest thing; or maybe it’s human nature.  As long as I can find the time and money to play Persona 4: Arena I don’t really care about human nature or anything else.  Huh, how ironic.

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